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Looking for 530 owners. A few questions.

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John Easley
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Looking for 530 owners. A few questions.

Postby John Easley » November 5th, 2018, 10:14 am

G'morning all.

We are preparing to buy our next boat and retire to a cruising lifestyle. We're largely "off-gridders" who prefer to drop a hook in a quiet cove somewhere. At the very top of our list is the 1999 to 2006 530 Voyager Pilothouse with Cummins 6CTA engines. I've read all of the manuals, toured the factory, and been aboard a couple of 530s that were for sale. At this point, we'd really like to get some information from actual owners about their actual use and experiences.

1. What engines do you have?

2. At what speeds do you normally run your boat, on plane or more like a trawler at seven or eight knots?
2a. What has been your fuel burn rate at those speeds?

3. During a cruise, do you anchor out (or mooring ball) or spend most nights in a marina?

4. For those that travel slow and anchor out, how is the side-to-side roll when underway compared to other boats you've been on or traveled with? (of course, wind and current and other boat traffic is a major factor)

5. Have you ever crossed over to the Bahamas? If so, how fast did you go across the Gulf Stream?

6. Any issues with the boat that you would consider a flaw with the model? For example, have you had any issues with windows or hatches leaking?

Thanks for any details.

John

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Re: Looking for 530 owners. A few questions.

Postby 3dognight » November 11th, 2018, 1:39 am

1. Volvo TAMD 122P EDC 610 hp
2. On Plane, 21/22Knts – if snotty out 17/18Knts- WOT 27Knts
2a, @ 22knts 44-46GPH depending on conditions
3. Only had the boat since May 2018 but I do both. Running the Gen 24/7 cost about $80 day/ marinas up here run $3-$6 a foot per night for transient slips + $15-$25 per night for 50A service. Most 530’s have an inverter so if you don’t need A/C or need to wash clothes, and your house batteries are large & in good shape- you should not need the Gen 24/7- I have 2 8D’s for the house bank
4. I ran my boat down from Boston to long island, about 150miles in all sorts of conditions, I was very supprise at how well the boat ran. Too many “Carver’ stories out there. Not saying the 530’ is an offshore battlewagon but when things got snotty we slowed down to 17/18knts and I fell asleep while a buddy drove. My last boat was a 50’ Cruisers 5000sedan and I find the performance as nice in many ways
5. Never crossed over to the Bahamas but there is a posting on the Carver Owners FB page from a guy with a 530 as well as another 530 at Hope Town, Abacos. The second 530 belongs to his SIL. Has a nice Pic of them side by side. On my Bucket list to do soon
6. No leaks yet, PO bought the boat when he was 60, sold it to me at the age of 77- had it for 17 years so you now he was happy with it. I had my Cruisers for over 12 years, it was PilotHouse style also. The 530 feels way bigger. While running from the lower helm, the 530 does have a blind spot for most of the stern. The rearview Cam seems to give good coverage but I’m not used to it yet. So far everything seems to be very well made and accessible
Feel free to ask me anything

BTW> I had Cummins 8.3's 450HP in a 41 Formula and they were great engines!
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Vessel Info: Sold a 1986 42' Chris Craft Catalina. Looking for a 1999-2006 530 Voyager Pilothouse.
Location: Lakeland, FL
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Re: Looking for 530 owners. A few questions.

Postby John Easley » November 11th, 2018, 9:36 am

Excellent info! Thanks, dog. That helps a lot and reinforces our preliminary opinion that a 530 might be the right boat for us.

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